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Here for You

In March we put the lights out in our three iconic venues and in April we said goodbye to our 264 furloughed staff. It’s been an emotional time and our thoughts are with our work family and our customers, artists and friends in the cultural sector as we all navigate uncharted territory. We’ve been hard hit. We’re an arts charity, most of our income is self-generated from sales and that’s been wiped out overnight.

Through all of this we wanted to let you know we’re here for you. For April at least we’ve retained a few staff who will be keeping in touch and working hard to make sure we survive the coming weeks and months.

We’re determined to take to the stage again and fight to keep the arts at the heart of community life in the North-east. For now, we won’t have Book of Mormon at His Majesty’s Theatre and we’ll need to wait a while to see Paul Weller on stage at our beautifully refurbished Music Hall but look out for projects online and down the phone. We’ll be in touch with ticket holders about these performances very soon. We’ve also lots of ideas to keep the kids occupied - have you seen our build a theatre project online? And if you’re feeling lonely, join our telephone club and we’ll call you with a story or a poem.

How can you support us?

  • By placing a donation through our website by clicking here
  • By buying a Friends membership – click here to find out more
  • By calling our box office on 01224 641122
  • By our text donate service* - To donate £3, text APASUPP to 70331; To donate £5, text APASUPP to 70970; To donate £10, text APASUPP to 70191

If you would like to discuss a donation please contact [email protected] and we will get back to you.

Thank you again for your ongoing support, understanding and kind messages – we really do appreciate it. We’re in this together, stay safe and well and we look forward to welcoming you all back.

*Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme (Charity No: 1149800), operating as DONATE. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. For Terms & Conditions, see

Armchair Audiences

While theatres are closed, companies are streaming productions online, giving audiences amazing access to world class theatre and events at the touch of a button. Each week, we will choose a production or activity for you to watch before getting together online to hear what others think, share your own thoughts or, no pressure, just come along and listen in. Join us every Tuesday at 6pm for a discussion of the week's chosen event.

This week we'll be watching the production of Wise Children for review on Tuesday 21 April at 6pm. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak – celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. You can view the production here on BBC iPlayer.

To participate in the get together on Tuesday 21 April at 6pm, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll send you the details.

Ages 18+


Granite Noir 2020

We thought you might like to take a look back at Granite Noir 2020, the most successful year in the festival’s history.

Keep the Lights On at HMT

Activity for people of all ages (particularly ideal for children aged 4-12!) Our theatre is dark at the moment and we need your help to keep the lights on! Here’s how…

Take an empty cardboard box (of any size such as a shoe box/cereal box/packaging). Can you decorate this to make your own His Majesty’s Theatre? You can paint the walls, add in seats and a stage, or even a box office counter- you are the architect! Next, cut out windows (children should ask a grown up to do this for them) and once you’ve done that, put a torch/lamp/battery powered tea light inside. Stand back and see the lights on at your very own HMT!

We’d love to see your pictures of your mini HMTs with their lights on! If you’re happy to share your picture, please send them to [email protected] before April 13th 2020. Please send pictures along with the name (and age if under 16) of the architect of the mini theatre. We will then share our favourite designs on our social media channels.

*Please note that by sending your picture to us, you are giving consent for us to use the picture online and on social media*

We can’t wait to see your designs!!